When Garden Wood estate was built, the developers and the Residents Co planted many new trees to supplement the existing ones. These have now matured and the estate is well endowed with trees large and small. There are no plans to plant any more but requests from residents for new trees will be considered.
The company may decide to replace trees that have we have had to remove. Much will depend on the location and financial constraints. Generally we will not replace trees on very small plots. Some of the small plots that we maintain are actually owned by WSCC. These plots are normally between the road and the footpath. We will not replace any trees lost on these plots.
The company is committed to maintain existing trees and ensure that the estate remains a 'Garden Wood'. Many of the trees are now quite large and the maintenance costs are increasing. It would be possible to spend significant amounts of money on tree maintenance but the directors try to keep maintenance charges low so an annual budget is allocated for tree work. We have commissioned Madgewicks Tree Surgeons a long established company to carry out this work.
The company cuts back and prunes trees within its budgetary constraints but does not remove trees unless they are dead, there is a safety issue or they are causing significant problems. Occasionally residents request a tree to be removed. Such requests will be considered but are unlikely to be granted unless there is a clear safety issue.
The company has a duty of care so we occasionally have to remove trees for health and safety reasons. If the company has no option but to remove a tree then we do not generally consult or advise local residents. If there is an option then we will try to contact residents living close to the area of the tree.
Where a resident requests/insists that the company removes a tree because they believe it is causing or may cause damage to their property the company reserves the right to ask the resident to produce a report from a professional to confirm that this is the case. The cost of obtaining this report shall be borne by the resident.
It is recognised that removing a tree can aggravate structural damage through heave or root shrinkage. If the company does remove a tree at a resident’s request then the company will not accept responsibility for any subsequent damage.
Please contact us if you have any questions about trees on our land.
July 1, 2017